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Fire Career Mentoring Session

Fire Career Mentoring Session
Join host Chris Baker and guest, Chris Ruano host of the Prep and Defend Show, as we discuss helpful insights and mentoring perspectives for any current or future firefighters.


  1. Why do some fire departments want a Firefighter 1 Academy course completion certificate? While some fire departments don't require a Firefighter 1 Academy?
  2. How would you value taking a paid entry-level position such as paid auxiliary for an agency you want to work for vs. going to a Firefighter 1 Academy?
  3. What's the value of getting a degree vs. work experience?
  4. How can you prepare for the entry-level firefighter exam process?

Previous IG Live Episode:

Instagram live episode with former Fire Crew Foreman, Fire Captain Chris Ruano, host of the Prep and Defend Show as we discuss the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Fire Suppression Aid position. We discuss the job description, classification, minimum requirements, physical agility, and how to apply for this entry-level opportunity with a large west coast fire department. 

Podcast Episodes:

Join host Chris Baker and guest Fire Captain Chris Ruano as they discuss how the pre-service firefighter candidate prepares for the fire academy mentally, physically and emotionally. This episode discusses physical conditioning and training before the entry-level fire academy, injury prevention during the academy, and transition from the fire academy into the first year of probation. 

The days of filling out applications on paper are obsolete and now several agencies have utilized technology to expedite their application process. One helpful tip is to save your information in a word document and you can cut/paste this information into these online career websites when you are creating your profile. Review the job announcement and job description specifically the information related to the job performance review standards (JPR's) and the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) for each position. Only apply for positions that you meet the minimum requirements in the job announcement. If you have any doubts and or questions, contact the hiring official for each specific agency to clarify these questions regarding the minimum requirements. Make sure you have a keen eye for attention to detail. Several of these items are highlighted in both the job announcement and the specific job description for each position. Remember this is a test and the test is simple; can you follow written directions. If you want this highly desirable position in the fire service, you have to first apply.

During this episode, we cover the application phase of the entry-level future firefighter recruitment process and how to be an unbreakable candidate, as you progress through the hiring process. Topics include the entry-level firefighter application process, resume and cover letter, physical agility test including the CPAT, the written exam, the panel interview and the background process including the medical examination. 

In this episode, Chris Baker sits down with Rescue Captain, Justin Schorr, "the Happy Medic" to talk about what he's learned over the last 25 years in the fire service and why one of the worst pieces of advice is "get your Medic." While obtaining the license will get you on a smaller list when hired, there's a catch, they want you to work as a medic when you get hired.

Host Chris Baker discusses the entry-level firefighter interview process with guest and mentor Deputy Chief (Retired) Steve Prziborowski. 

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